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Apply for indigency (waiver of court fees and costs)

If you cannot afford to pay court fees and costs, you can apply for a waiver.

Massachusetts Court System

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What you need

To apply for indigency, you will need the following forms:

  •  Affidavit of Indigency
  • Supplement to the Affidavit of Indigency (if you claim eligibility under Category (C))

How to apply

Once you fill out the appropriate forms, you will file the Affidavit of Indigency (and Supplement to the Affidavit of Indigency) with the clerk at the court; you file these papers in the court where your case is being heard.

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To submit your application for indigency, you file these papers in the court where your case is being heard. Click here to find the mailing address of your court: Find the address of your court

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If you are currently confined in prison or jail and do not seek your immediate release but are suing a "state or county agency, official or employee" about something arising out of or resulting from a condition of or occurrence during confinement, and you are seeking court payment of normal costs, complete the Inmate's Affidavit of Indigency form.

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